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California Readopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a low carbon fuel standard, which requires a statewide 10 percent reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The low carbon fuel standard is a key piece of California’s plan to enact Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandated 50 percent cut in … Read more »

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld

The US Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires fuel producers to reduce the “carbon intensity” of their products by 10 percent by 2020. In its Monday decision, the high court let stand a 2013 decision by the 9th US … Read more »

California Outlook Sees Decarbonized Transport Systems

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports that Californian fuel demand and its vehicle fleet will be transformed over the next six years, including a drop of gasoline demand by nearly 9 percent. In an alternative scenario, an even more aggressive regulatory program will cause demand to drop 13 percent. Demand … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Report, Carbon Tax, EPA and Duke Energy

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, likely to shape climate talks for years to come, makes the starkest warnings yet about global warming’s effects, the AFP says. The report will be formally published March 31. The EPA will join the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Reporting, Russian Pipeline, Chemical List

The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category and the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In particular, the EPA is proposing to revise or clarify certain definitions, calculation methods and data reporting requirements, and correct certain technical and … Read more »

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California Carbon Price Forecast Plunges

California’s carbon emissions will be lower than analysts initially expected, remaining below the allowance cap until at least 2017 with offsets making the market oversupplied through 2019, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. Based on a revised emissions model, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon now estimates that emissions covered … Read more »

Biofuels ‘Will Meet RFS Mandates Through 2016’

Biofuels ‘Will Meet RFS Mandates Through 2016’

There will be sufficient supply of advanced biofuels to meet the US Renewable Fuel Standard through 2016, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs’ (E2) annual assessment of the advanced biofuel industry. The report comes amidst renewed scrutiny of the RFS from Congress this summer, as the oil industry seeks to roll back … Read more »

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California ‘Ahead of the Biodiesel Curve’

Yokayo Biofuels produces about 400,000 gallons of biodiesel per year using a “100 mile diet” strategy: the entire process, from feedstock collection to biodiesel production and distribution, is all completed in Northern California. The company uses only recycled restaurant fryer oil for feedstock and has three trucks that collect oil … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cross-State Pollution, Gas Price Spike, Bioethanol Anti-Dumping

The EPA filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which in August ruled 2-1 to suspend the agency’s cross state air pollution rule and ordered it rewritten. The EPA asked the court to rehear the case, arguing that the ruling was inconsistent with the … Read more »

E2 Report: Biofuel Industry Will Produce up to 2.6bn Gallons by 2015

Biofuel production capacity has increased from 437 million gallons in 2011 to more than 685 million gallons in 2012, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). By 2015, the industry has the potential to produce 1.6 billion to 2.6 billion gallons of renewable fuel, the report forecasts. According … Read more »